Time for a New Swimsuit

My favorite swimsuits from Always for Me's new arrivals.

Is your old swimsuit a little stretched out of shape, pilled, broken stitching? Then you are way overdo for a new swimsuit. One of my favorite online shops for many years is Always for Me — a strictly plus size swimwear line that has their own brand as well as carrying other popular brands. They have every conceivable style from swimdress, tankinis, to separates (especially helpful if your top and bottom tend toward different sizes). Here are eight of my favorites from their new arrivals.

Eight new plus size swimsuits from Always for Me.

From left to right:

  • Longitude 6 Tiered Mesh One-Piece, $89 (comes in eggplant (shown) and black)
  • Always For Me Chic Eyelet Tankini, $89 (comes in turquoise (shown) and black (row underneath)
  • Fit 4 U Nomad Tie Bandeau Top, $74
  • Simply Sole Bermuda Paisley Tankini Top, $50
  • Always For Me Chic Eyelet Tankini, $89 (comes in black (shown) and turquoise (row above)
  • Always For Me Chic Daphne Mini, $89 (comes in royal (shown) and black)
  • Always for Me Zadar Ruffle Tankini with brief, $45
  • Christina Checkmates Tankini top, $68

Their swimwear is available in plus sizes 16 to 26 — not all styles come in all sizes depending on how quickly they sell out of a size.

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Peek-a-Boo Swimwear

I love this black plus size cut-out swimsuit from Monif C.

Going away somewhere warm this winter? Thinking you might be a little brave with your swimwear but not too brave to go the bikini route? Monif C has this beautiful Sweetheart Ruched One Piece with a diamond cut-outs on the abdomen for you to give a peek-a-boo view of your stomach but has full coverage on the back. Besides the black shown here there is the option of sapphire or coral. It is available in sizes 14 to 24.

This black one piece comes with removable strap.

Are you going anywhere warm this winter?

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Unique Plus Size Swimwear

Simple black ruffle swimsuit from Monif C.

For truly unique plus size swimwear you must visit Monif C. But be warned, with that unique designer swimsuit comes a steep price. Monif C is best known for her amazing Marilyn convertible dress; a few years ago she introduced a few swimsuits and each consecutive year there have been more options to tease and delight us. Most sell out fast, sometimes before they are even available (via pre-orders). Here are a few (I had like ten which is most of the line and cut it down to four) of my current favorites:

The Bikini

Plus size swimsuit separates that include the option of a full brief and a bikini top are going to be even hotter than last summer as more women impose their right to bare arms, legs, and bellies. Monif has a few print and sold options to choose from. I love the simplicity of this black and white pattern. And doesn’t that top look like it was made to support a plus size woman’s breasts?

This two piece multi-directional striped bikini is sold in separates from Monif C.

Active or Modest or Sensitive

Whether you are very active in the water, a little modest, or perhaps you burn easily on the chest and arms. The Malibu Surfer suit is glorious with its pseudo-peacock print and long black sleeves. I adore this one.

Modest swimsuit from Monif C.


This peek-a-boo shoulder one piece comes in a few color options but the burnt orange is so bright and so festive. The deep V shows your sexy means business.

This bright orange swimsuit with peek-a-boo shoulders is from Monif C.


The Trinidad Ruffle swimsuit also comes in a few color options but I love the basic black. A simple swimsuit is made pretty by the addition of an all over ruffle, reminiscent of my favorite peasant tops, and a few hip dangles.

This black ruffle top swimsuit is from Monif C.

Monif C offers plus size swimsuits in sizes 12 to 24.

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Bright Print Swimwear

Plus size bright swimsuits from Always for Me.

Always for Me has some of the prettiest swimsuits for spring and summer. At the moment I am loving their bright print swimwear. Here are four of my favorites beginning with the Longitude Spectacular Side Shirred Swimsuit (available in sizes 14 to 24 for $89) which makes me thing of flames, you know, hot!

This colorful side shirred swimsuit is available from Always for Me.

The three others range in size offerings from 16 to 26 ($89 to $99) — click on thumbnail for larger image with heads.

Left to right:

  • Longitude Magic Kingdom Sash Tank One Piece
  • Always For Me Chic Prints Paradise Swimsuit
  • Always For Me Chic Prints Kiki Foil Tankini

Always for Me has many other bathing suits to choose from in bright prints or solids. What is your favorite color combination for swimwear?

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Control Swimwear

Plus size control top tankini from Always for Me.

It is never too early to get ready for swimsuit season and Always For Me makes it pretty easy all year long. This season they are introducing their newest collection, Always for Me in Control Swimsuits. Their built-in control panels are designed to “smooth the tummy and minimize the hips” — beyond that, I find control top swimwear tends to stay in place better when you are active in the water. Some of the stylish detailing you can expect are piping, ruffles, empire waist, color blocking, and brights. Here are six of my favorite plus size swimsuits from their collection:

A selection of "in control" plus size swimwear available at Always for Me.

From left to right:

  • Hilo Halter Swimdress, $67
  • 2 Piece Scroll Tankini w/ Brief, $89
  • Nautical Swimdress, $67
  • Orbit Swimdress, $67
  • Control Wrap Bandeau Swimdress, $89
  • Tuxedo Swimdress, $69

When you get there, use their handy search feature to look for these swimsuits or “in control” to see all the related swimsuits. Always for Me currently offer sizes 16 to 26 with a special section for juniors.

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Plus Size Cruise Wear

Plus size polka dot red swimsuit from Addition-Elle.

Addition-Elle is celebrating warmer weather early with the release of its cruise wear line. If you are making travel plans this spring duck over and have a look at what they are offering. At the moment they have plus size tops, skirts, dresses, swimwear, shorts and espadrille flats. Here are a few of my favorite pieces:

Plus size cruisewear from Addition-Elle.

If you are taking a cruise this year, do share the details! I like to live vicariously through others.

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Taking Care of Your Swimsuit

To extend the life of your swimsuit: Pink-Swim-Dress

  • Whether or not you will be wearing it again soon rinse it in cool clean water to remove chlorine (or salt water).
  • Hand wash in cool water with a mild hand washing liquid detergent like Zero or Woolite (no more than a cap full).
  • Do not use the washing machine to wash your swimsuits as the friction pulls and loosens the material.
  • If you must hang your swimsuit outside make sure it is in the shade. Sun exposure fades colors and breaks down fabric quicker.
  • Lie clean swimsuit on a double folded towel and role firmly to remove excess water. Remove and lie flat on a clothing dryer.

A little extra care will encourage longevity in your swimwear and extend your investment.

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Plus Size Swimsuits with Pizzazz

plus size swimsuits from Monif C

Monif C released this years swimsuits a few weeks ago and of course they are totally glamorous. Perfect for pool side or cruise side. Here’s is Monif’s latest video discussing this year’s swimsuits as well as a peek of the Monaco on a plus body:

My absolute favorites are the the Monaco Ruched in yellow ($130), Catalina Draped in teal ($148), and the Capri Two-piece in zebra ($160 – and sold out). All swimsuits come in size 14 to 24 but there are many sizes sold out or soon to be sold out so don’t wait for hot weather if you love one.

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Plus Size Swimsuit Cover-Ups

Nautical striped swimsuit cover from Always for Me.

That’s right it’s January and I’m talking about swimsuit cover-ups. Why on earth would I do that? You guessed it, cruise season! I’ve never been on a cruise but I imagine it involves wearing a lot of sundresses, swimsuits, and cover ups. Unless of course you are taking an Alaskan cruise.

Assuming it is in the sun then Always for Me has a lovely selection of plus size cover-ups for pool side or cruise side. Here are five of my faves ranging in price from $59 to $69 and size from 1x to 3x. They have a lot more styles too (including fashionable and functional swimwear).

Plus Size Cover Ups

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Supersize Swimdress Deal

plus size bathing suit with rose pattern in orange, blue or green

Making It Big has a website exclusive on a new swimdress in sizes 26 to 36. This cute swimdress is available in the orange, blue, or green for $49 while quantities last. It’s a great price for a full size bathing suit. It can be worn as is with it’s attached brief or with a swimming short for added coverage.

plus size bathing suit with rose pattern

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Always for Me Swimsuit Sale

Plus Size Swimwear from Always for Me

Alway for Me emailed to let me know of their weekend special (July long weekend in the states):

This WEEKEND ONLY (July 2 -5) – Save on Women’s Plus Size Swimwear from Always For Me’s In Control collection. Experience the sophistication of this beautiful plus size swimsuit collection. The Always For Me In Control line is flattering, gorgeous, elegant and stylish. All of the In Control swimsuits feature extra mesh lining in the tummy area goes all the way around the suit and a control brief makes this a full tummy tamer. You will look stylish and feel confident in your plus size swimwear! Every style in the collection is marked down $10 off for this very special sale.

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Swimsuit Sale

Penningtons Swimwear

Need a swimsuit? Now is a good time to head over to Penningtons or MXM. They have their swimsuits 25% off until July 9th. If you had your eye on one from Addition-Elle their 25% off swimsuit sale ends on July 6.

I love this Paisley Print Halter Tankini from Penningtons. Their pieces are sold individually so you can have a brief or a skirt in sizes up to 3x.

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Retro Plus Size Swimwear

This plus size retro-inspired swimsuit is from Always for Me.

Itsy teenie weenie bikinis are out according to Forbes. That works just fine for the majority of the swimsuit population (well the female contingent anyway).

Hot looks for swimwear this summer include polka dots, halter straps and ruched fabric. One of my favorite plus size swimsuit providers is Always for Me and they have retro plus size swimwear that will knock your sock off and have your toes pining for a dip in the pool.

This plus size retro-inspired swimsuit is from Always for Me.

Ocho Rios Twist One Piece Bandeau in sizes 16 to 26 for $79. It gives the polka dot bikini the updated look almost every one can wear. If you like your dots a little smaller they have others to choose from.

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